The London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, is the interest rate central banks in London are charged for short-term borrowing.
The Capitalization rate, or "Cap Rate" is calculated by dividing the net operating income of a property by its market value. This is the key tool appraisers use to determine the value of a commercial property and is the key metric behind the income capitalization approach to valuation.
Replacement reserves is a budget line item used by commercial property underwriters to address periodic maintenance on systems that wear out faster than the building itself.
A step down requires the payment of a set percentage of the outstanding amount of the loan. That percentage declines as the loan ages. While a typical step down might decline by 1% a year, for example 5 % in year one, 4 % in year two and 3 % in year three, a soft step down starts at a lower rate and declines less quickly. While a step down might have terms that equate to 5-4-3-2-1, a soft step down might be 3-2-2-1-1.
Generally, this is a straightforward calculation based on the remaining balance. It is called a "step-down" penalty because the amount gets smaller the longer the loan is in place.For example, a typical step-down might be 5 % of the outstanding balance in the first year, 4 % in the second year, 3 % in the third year, and so on.
An earn out is an agreement by the lender to increase the loan amount at the advent of a certain event. Earn outs are structured such that the additional money can be handled by the operating performance of the property. For example, more money can be released in the form of an earn out if the property has gone through renovations, has upgraded its tenant’s minimum income criteria or increased its tenant occupancy.